I’ve spent a good portion of the day just looking through the photos I took yesterday in Florence. Most are of the inner courtyard and the exterior of the Palazzo Strozzi, which are as magnificent as I remembered, if not more so. I was a very happy art historian. While we were there, we took in the new exhibit, The Cinquecento in Florence: “Modern Manner” … Continue reading Foto Friday: Michelangelo Edition
A trip to the US Consulate tomorrow is the perfect excuse to go see an old friend: the Palazzo Strozzi. I haven’t seen her since the late ’90s, and back then she wasn’t big on visitors going inside. But now she’s quite open and even hosting an exhibit of some of the art of the Cinquecento, which is an added bonus. On my last visit … Continue reading Revisiting an Old Friend in Florence
Venice is a city of canals. And when you’ve got canals, you’ve got bridges. The most famous Venetian bridge, of course, is the Rialto Bridge, which has a long, storied history. It’s also just stunningly gorgeous. As I mentioned in my previous Venice post, we visited the floating city in the first week of January 2002, which resulted in thinner crowds and better views. That … Continue reading Four Fun Facts About the Rialto Bridge
On a hot summer day, what better way to cool off than to revisit some old photos of the Venice gondolas one bright winter morning. Well, I can think of plenty of more effective ways of cooling off, but they don’t make for interesting blog posts about Italy. So yes, it’s been pretty warm recently, and despite my Florida heritage, this flamingo does not like … Continue reading The Gondolas of Venice
Cycling in Bologna is being taken more seriously than in decades past as there are now more cycling paths, not to mention the Dynamo Velostazione, where you can rent, store, and repair all sorts of bikes, particularly helpful if part of your commute is by train. But that doesn’t mean Bologna cycling is a piece of cake. While out the other day, I saw a … Continue reading Bologna Cycling: Not Necessarily for Novices
It’s pretty impressive the places you can get to from the Bologna bus station. When we moved here, we drove from Utrecht to Bologna, splitting the ride into two days, particularly as we were traveling with two cats and a dog that gets carsick. The second day felt particularly long thanks to some less-than-ideal driving conditions in Switzerland and a stationary traffic jam due to … Continue reading At Bologna Bus Station. Next Stop Marrakech.